A black and white drawing inspired by my day out, A day at the Polo.

in art •  3 months ago

A warrior lass astride her steed.


This black and white drawing for today was born of a sketch made yesterday and out of the necessity to calm myself. Having had a day out in the sun and probably a bit too many cocktails, this morning greeted me with a pounding head and the week of projects to finish.

I've mentioned before my black and white artwork is my form of meditation and zen.

And when heading to my studio with my hot coffee in my current state, it seemed the balm I needed.

Yesterday we had a grand day out. We were lucky enough to be invited to a polo event at the Myopia Hunt Club, a wonderful place to watch the polo.

I love horses, this cannot be understated; I adore them.

I love riding and have loved horses as long as I can remember. I have not had the luck of riding for some years and so when our oppotunity came up to go yesterday, @winstonalden and I could not refuse.


It was a lovely cool day.

I mean the temperature was around 60 F (15c) so it was chilly, particularly for a late Summer day. I was glad I had brought my Autumn jacket, actually my old quilted Barbour that always makes me think of horses and days out riding. And it was chilly enough that I needed it.


Here we see the horses and riders taking the field to begin.

There can be between 4 to 6 periods, or 'chukkas' to a game. Each of these last 7 minutes. At Myopia they take 6 total with a half-time. This is when you traditionally take to the field and 'stomp the divets', that is to stay you go out and turn over the bits of sod flipped up by the speed and pounding of the horses hooves. It's a great tradition and one that truly helps the field stay in shape.

It's a lovely sight to see people in their straw hats and brightly coloured Summer clothes, cocktails in hand, turning over bits of sod and laughing and just having a jolly old time.

This little fellow in his wellies was torn between stomping divets and playing with the myriad of dogs always found at polo and horse outings.

It is a great place to 'dog watch' as well as people watch.

Though some dogs have differing opinions on the game :)

It truly is exciting to hear the pounding of the hooves on the grass and hear the clash of the mallet and whack of the ball.

Sometimes a whistle blows for an offense or simply to make sure the horses are in good stead. This is a game played by horse lovers for sure and here we see, after a whistle, a rider and groom fixing the leg wraps of one of the days horses.

Horses are changed after each period/chukka so they are never overworked, just a good hard run for 7 minutes, but they love it.

There is nothing more gentle or understanding than a polo horse. They don't mind mallets swinging, dogs barking, even the groundsmen speeding past on their little vehicles never bother them. This is saying a lot as I once had a thoroughbred that was a sweetie but a bag or bit of paper blown in his path and he was off!

Here is a bit of video of yesterday's play with @winstonalden enjoying a cigar.

Now for today's artwork.

After having a day out filled with horses, I had horses on the brain this morning. I couldn't help but dream up a lovely warrior princess riding off on her stead to protect her lands, bow in hand. And as it was to be in my black and white style, of course she had to be caught up in pattern, today a skewered checkerboard.

I have a lot of catching up to do this week, but was happy for the lark of yesterdays equestrian day out. I hope you had a lovely Sunday and found time to indulge in your own passions.

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It took me a second to recognize the horse.. amazing how it blend together with her gown! A great artwork!

Thank you for sharing!


Good, that was part of my intentions @delishtreats to give it a sort of seamless patterning that you had to hunt a bit, but your eye knew to look for it because you see a figure and a bow :)

@donnadavisart Love it!!! That would make a nice tattoo for someone👍🏾 Beautiful 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾😊

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It's funny you say that @melbookermusic, I've had my line drawings suggested for that before and a couple asked to be used. I think it's a pretty good compliment when someone gets something permanently on their skin you created!

The pieces you produce has always been the best on this platform. I really admire them. Keep it up


That is very kind of you to say, thanks.

Very nice composition and graphic effects in your warrior lass sketch.


Thanks so much @kathleenscarboro. I had a few iterations of her and played with her pattern on her cloak a bit. First she only had the dress but in the final inking stage I wasn't happy with the composition so wanted to add the roundess of the cape and finally settled on an abstract checker board pattern.

I also love so much horses!!! In the past I used to ride and that "walk & run" wew an experience that I can't forget! When I ride (even if now I'm not riding from some years because it's very expensive here) I feel myself in a symbiotic relationship with the horse! Fantastic! I have to ride again!!!


It can be expensive here, one of the reasons I have been without for awhile, but I know some people have rescued old race horses, something I'd love to do one day!

nice post. I liked the graphics in the top of the post. Very easy and elegant


Thank you, the top grahpic is basically what the post is about, it's my art for that day inspired by the day with horses. The other art in the bottom is my other posts, I like to always share :)

This is so beautiful, Donna ! I love the flow of the dress and shawl and her drawing the bow pose is also super lovely * ___ *

And awww I hope you will get over your hangover soon :)


Thanks so much @veryspider, I had many changes, which I should have saved and shared, but I played with the swoop of the cape (which she didn't even have at first) but I kept playing until I liked the over all composition.

Hai Donna!

It seems we've been on the same artsy page with this lol!


How funny, great minds think alike right @meloo182

I was so happy to be around horses all day I was originally going to do another piece for my animals in chairs, but really needed a black and white piece to soothe my aching too many cocktails head :) And I guess a warrior out on her steed seemed the right balm for that :)

You and Meloooooooo must have been riding the same wavelength or something XD Love the dramatic flowing cloak (even though practically it would probably get tangled in something but let's just ignore that because it looks really cool lol XD).


I'm just checking my responses this morning and I saw that! Funny, we must be on the same wave length. For me it was seeing horses all day :)

Me gustó mucho, fue narrativo y descriptivo, nos hiciste ponernos en tus zapatos, felicidades.

Por tu contenido...

Black beauty for story


It could be a good story illustration for sure!

Ohhh very nice, Donna.      
I like how seamless you make them, the rider and her horse, they seem like the blend together as one because her gown's pattern. And the flow of her clothing also implies a nice circular motion of the picture, lovely :D.      


I'm glad you see that @scrawly as I played with it a bit. The original sketch had she and the horse and I even toyed with varying patterns on her dress and she had a boot at one point, but I didn't like the flow of it. There were many layers that got left on 'the drawing board' but that's why I like black and white as I can focus on the flow and feel of the piece :)

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really like this one Donna! wow


Oh thank you so much @romaine. As I was saying in another comment, I had a basic horse and rider and then with many layers kept playing with the composition. It's that play and movement and coffee and soft music of a morning that is a great 'hangover' cure ;)

WOW. This drawing is very creative.
I've never watched a polo game before. I am sure it is fun!
Thank you for sharing with us my friend


Thanks @artzim I'm glad you like it.

Polo is fun for anyone to watch! Especially horse crazy people like me! It's such an exciting thing to watch and the horse and rider become as one. I actually took a few polo lessons myself, and would love to get into it again, but as with my horse things, it can be pricey. Some day, it's on my 'retirement' list :)

nice clicks and so beautiful article

This is really perfect!


Thank you so much @mnallica

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just like a fighter girl , very nice art work i love her pose ,

Buen dibujo me encantan los caballos pero mucho mas los elefantes ;)